The amount of household rubbish recycled by English councils in the last year increased to 37.6% and the amount of rubbish collected decreased by over a million tonnes, according to new figures published today.
Defra’s annual survey of council recycling rates showed a rise of over 3% from 34.5% in 2007/8, and shows a continued improvement in recycling levels, which were at 11.2% in 2000/1.
But recycling performance continued to vary between councils and regions.
Council recycling rates
Regional household recycling and composting rates ranged from less than 30% in London to almost 45% in the East and East Midlands regions.
The top performing council was Staffordshire Moorlands District Council, which achieved a recycling and composting rate of 61.58%. Bottom of the pile was the London Borough of Newham, with a recycling rate of just 15.4%.
Rochford District Council, Rutland County Council and Warwick District Council were the three most improved councils. Rochford saw an increase of over 30% compared to its 2007/8 figures.
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Rubbish and waste
The total amount of municipal waste collected decreased by 1.2m tonnes to an estimated 27.5m tonnes in England – compared to 28.5m tonnes in 2007/8, a decrease of 4.1%. Of this, 13.8m tonnes went to landfill.
Last month the Local Government Association warned the cost of collecting and disposing of rubbish could rise by £1.1bn by 2013, as the government set out its vision for a ‘zero waste nation’ – including the aim to ban certain recyclable materials from being sent to landfill in future.
Environment Minister Dan Norris said: ‘These results are very encouraging and show that we’re moving down the right road to becoming a zero waste nation. What we need to do now is to think about reducing what we use and reusing what we can.’
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